Blog Archive

COVID 19 and the Gut Connection! Apr 13th, 2020

We know that COVID 19 virus presents with flu like symptoms such as fever, cough difficulty breathing etc. This is how COVID 19 can affect the gut and some facts about it here:  Almost 15-20% of the COVID 19 patients can present with digestive symptoms like lack of appetite, loose stools, vomiting,...

Am I put out for a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy? Aug 20th, 2019

I get this question a lot from my patients.  Yes, you will be put to sleep (sedated) during colonoscopy or upper endoscopy in the US. There are some options for sedation. Outside the US, sedation remains an option in some areas. Ofcourse, I offer unsedated procedures for patients who prefer...

Neglecting colon cancer screening? You should read this. May 30th, 2019

After having done several thousand colonoscopies and studying patient psyche, I am amazed at the attitude of some patients towards this this lifesaving procedure. It happens that many people cancel the procedure once scheduled, or reschedule the procedure a few times before they get it done or  just not do...

Just Constipation? There is more to it!! May 7th, 2019

I see a lot of patients in my office with chronic constipation. I am always amazed at how much disruption constipation could cause in patients' lives.  Many patients are surprised that there are types of constipation. Yes, there are different types of constipation. Constipation to most people means hard stools,...

Itching in the bottom!! Mar 17th, 2019

In my clinical practice, I routinely see patients with itching around the anal area. Sometimes, it is worse at nights. They usually also complain of wetness, seepage in the anal area, having to clean the bottom several times a day at work. It gets very embarrassing to take frequent bathroom breaks...

Why don't we lose THE WEIGHT? Jan 26th, 2019

I see a lot of patients for fatty liver and as I eluded to in my last blog post (https://www.gastrooffice.com/blog/i-was-told-i-had-fatty-liver-so-what), fatty liver could turn to cirrhosis of the liver. Weight loss is the solution to fatty liver caused by excess weight. In my office, 90% of my patients point out...

Do We Really Know The Best Way To Poop? Nov 11th, 2018

I see patients on a routine basis with constipation in my office. It was mind-boggling for me to see how much loss of time/work days, quality of life etc. constipation causes overall.   For this reason, decided to write about a simple thing you could do at your own home...

Blood in stool over and over again? Aug 28th, 2018

This was the experience of several of my actual patients.   Mr.M was 45 years old, had blood in his stool on and off, for the past several weeks. He had about enough to color the toilet bowl pink to red. He does have some hard stools at times.  ...

6 Tips for Traveling with IBS Jul 24th, 2018

6 Tips for Traveling with IBSAn estimated 25-40 million Americans are living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and 60% of those regularly experience moderate-to-severe symptoms, including bloating, nausea, gas, and bouts of constipation and diarrhea. It’s challenging enough managing IBS symptoms in a familiar setting, but throw busy airports, delayed...

I was told I had Fatty Liver, so what? Jul 17th, 2018

As a Gastroenterologist trained at a very busy liver transplant center, it was almost a daily occurrence to hear someone's liver being transplanted due to cirrhosis secondary to fatty liver. When I mention this to my patients, almost 90% are totally surprised. The answer I get all the time is that...